Five inmates were killed in a police chase after nearly 70 prisoners escaped in a mass jailbreak in Lebanon today.
According to police in Beirut, the inmates smashed their cell doors and attacked prison guards before fleeing.
Five of the escaped prisoners then died when a car they stole crashed into a tree during an ensuing police chase. One other person was taken to hospital.
Families and relatives of fugitive prisoners who had fled gathered outside to enquire about their fate after it was announced that some were recaptured while others had died in the escape.
Lebanese policemen have been standing guard at detention center of Baabda courthouse compound were nearly 70 inmates broke out of a prison earlier today
Relatives of the prisoners gathered outside the prison n the Beirut to find out the fate of their loved ones
Nearly 70 inmates were able to escape the prison in the mass jailbreak this morning but five prisoners were killed in a police chase. Pictured: Families wait to hear about their family members
The mass prison break involving 69 prisoners occurred at a prison in Baabda, a suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Police said 15 inmates have been re-arrested so far and four of the escaped prisoners handed themselves over.
Security forces sealed off the area around the prison and were conducting a manhunt for the remaining prisoners.
‘A manhunt is…underway to arrest the remaining fugitive prisoners,’ police said in a statement.
The police in Beirut confirmed 15 inmates has been re-arrested so far and four had handed themselves in. Pictured: Police escort a prisoner who had fled a detention centre
Relatives of prisoners attempted to speak with Lebanese policemen who stood guard outside the prison to see what had happened to their family members
Security forces sealed off the area around the prison and were conducting a manhunt for the remaining prisoners
Five of those who escaped died when the car they stole while they were fleeing crashed into a tree
Local authorities called on residents to be on alert, with large numbers of security forces deployed searching the area.
Prosecutor Ghada Aoun has ordered an immediate investigation in the breakout.
She said she did not rule out the possibility of ‘collusion between the detainees and security guards tasked with protecting their cells.’
Judge Fadi Akiki, a government representative at the military court, held a meeting with security officials after inspecting the detention facility and site of the car crash.